Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Top Ten 'Happy' Songs

If you live in the Midwest, you may be feeling extra chipper this week. The birds are chirping and the frozen tundra has begun its thaw. FINALLY! On my way to work this morning, the Grammy-nominated song "Happy" came on the radio, and I found myself smiling and singing along. Like a dork. But who cares - it felt good for a moment to take in life's little things.

It got me thinking about other favorite songs that put a smile on my face, and instantly lighten my mood. I would imagine many of you are leaving for your spring break in the next few weeks, so the endorphins are already flowing within you, but for those of you who will be stuck at home, here's a few of my favorites you might want to add to your playlist.

10. Hey Ya - OutKast

If you can manage to listen to this song without thinking of The Carleton, you are clearly from a different era.

9. Best Day of My Life - American Authors

This is a new song, and usually not my type. But in a world filled with doom and gloom, I love how positive the energy is. It's a great reminder that sometimes you just have to have some fun!

8. No One - Alicia Keys

May be a little on the slow side, but the lyrics are filled with gratitude and love, and oh yeah, she can sing.

7. Sweet Child of Mine - Guns 'N Roses

Ahhhh, the memories. I don't care if you like rock, country, hip-hop, or gospel, this song is a universal jam, and everyone knows the words.

6. Good Vibrations - Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

Working out? Yep. Hanging out with friends? Yep. Laughing at a corny video? Um, yeah, but it's still a great tune.

5. Upside Down - Jack Johnson

OK, thanks for allowing me one sentimental favorite. Reminds me of my kids and Curious George.

4. Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine

This song builds to an awesome crescendo, but if I'm being honest, I think this parental flash mob is the reason it makes my list. Love the looks on the kids' faces!

3. I Want You Back - Jackson 5

Alright, I confess, this is another self-serving pick. Here is my son and his friend in their school talent show. Trust me, if you watch it, you'll get a good chuckle.

2. Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

Classic. Summer. I could close my eyes and be 16 again.

1. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti and Spearhead

Love the video, love the song, love my family, love my life. This song says it all.

So there you have it! We'd love to hear some of your favorites, and maybe someday we can put together a spectacular MTS travel mix for all of our Escapees. Safe travels, everyone!